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I've been working on my collection for 15 years, and I know I'm not the only one out there who does this obsessively.

Out yourself and we can all do it together!

Dentist card

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I collect business cards and have a few friends that save them for me also. I do have a rival in Memphis who has an amazing collection organized in notebooks; one notebook for wooden cards, one for metal cards, one for plastic cards, etc.

There are a few organizations and small conventions too.

You are not alone my obsessive friend.

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There are also two large Flickr pools:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/artofthebusinesscard/pool
http://flickr.com/groups/bizcard/pool

They are low quality, but there are some real gems that I haven't seen in other places.

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I wonder, If you like, whoever reads this thread, perhaps you could scan and upload your own business cards.

That could create an absolutely wonderful thread.

Think of it as a dance-off, only instead of settling it with dance, we settle it with business cards.

(I think I may need to talk to my therapist about this)

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Didn't need to scan them - they were already electronic.

Now that I found a place to print them cheaply (but good quality) I feel more license to change them periodically. Altho I have 500, which should last me the rest of my life.

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My friend Jason Prini sent me this link about how to make a business-card catapault. Impressive.

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I’ll play—would love to see others’ work.

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As an age of empires freak, I have to have a cardapult.

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mark nice work
how long have you been in buffalo?
im in the falls and just getting out of school so was wondering the route you took to get where you are today

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I didn't realize how popular the pronunciation guide thingy was. I had designed some business cards for New York Organ Donor Network a while back that used a dictionary entry for the word “donate”. It was very well received, but unfortunately the project never panned out.

Mark, it looks like you could use a new cutting mat!

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Some of my favorites from my collection

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> Planetary gear calling card.

Wow.

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I get tons of business cards, and whether they are drab and uninspired or brilliamntly designed, almost all share one quaslity: they are almost impossible to read because they are set in type so tiny it makes the fine print of an insurance policy compare favorably with the NYTimes Large Type Edition. There is, I imagine, nothing to be done about the people who design such cards but the people who print them ought to speak up to their customers--and maybe even suggest that the backs of the cards be printed in a very plain design using a typeface that scans readily.

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My roommate's fresh-off-the-press cards. Olde-timey.

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@ gillo: Why the two versions? Two kinds of stock?

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One of my favorites from my collection. Probably the best example of vernacular design I have ever seen. I was at the farmer's market one morning speaking with a cabinet maker. I asked him if he had a business card so he grabs a scrap of wooden veneer that he uses for inlays, pulls the carpenters pencil out from behind his ear and writes down his name and number. Efficient, environmentally conscious, appropriate and cost effective. And he didn't even need to hire a brand strategist.

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LOL

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Yes, the two versions are just different stocks. Actually most of the cards were printed on a nice thick white blotter-type paper, the others were just playing around. We liked the brown ones best (kraft-utility paper duplexed to my very favorite discontinued purple Wausau Royal Complements 100lb cover stock, which has nothing to do conceptually with the design of the card but I happened to have laying around, having recently been experimenting with the mysterious art of bulk paper lamination).

Aesthetic inspiration/encouragement found here—this site bearing witness to the long history of business card collecting...

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My other roommate's card. It's a glass slide...no she's not a scientist, just a sculptor. She admits that glass is somewhat impractical for a business card.

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A real estate business card that Hardin designed for his wife. I still prefer #2.

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This one may not seem like much, but I think it is an excellent example of letterpressing that doesn't take over the card design. Subtle, but still adds a ton of character.

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I'm a big fan of "kiss impression" myself. Letterpress that
you can see from across the room is way too garish for me.

Here's my current card:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/48413419@N00/4121700633/

hhp

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Do you have a shot of card's back ?

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{An edit brought this post ahead one spot.}

Actually the back of the card in that photo is the solid burgundy you can see in there, between the three face-up cards. The face is a paper that was too thin for a business card - but I just liked it and wanted to use it. So then I found a thick paper of a matching color and stuck it to the back! I think the result was better than what I thought I was getting myself into... I also did this design on a thick ecru stock that didn't need a backing. On that one you can see a faint show-through of the impression. Which to me is embarrassing. So I also did it on a thin version of the ecru paper, and added the backing. I also did one on peach paper. The first generation card (see the other Flickr photo) I did on half a dozen different papers, but no backing.

This BTW is my favorite thing about letterpress: the process is very custom and iterative. On the fly you can try different papers, impression pressures, number of inkings*, etc.; and it's all under your hands - no mystery print shop decisions between you and the object that represents you. What most people laud about letterpress - that it's "organic", "irregular", "warm" and whatnot - doesn't do much for me. On the other hand, I do have this crazy theory that letterpress text does in fact enjoy greater readability than offset, due to the gentler edges of the letterforms (assuming nothing greater than a kiss impression).

* Changing your mind about the ink color is a pain though!

hhp

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Ah, so you got the front laminated to another piece of paper. That's why I asked - how you managed the letterpressing imprint on the back :)

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Alex, yes, it's two different paper stocks.
Luckily it's not too obvious from the edges.

BTW, if you want the back to have a color without
sticking two sheets together, you could always just
print the back with a solid color. You will however
get some color/texture variance that way.

hhp

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These are my letterpress business cards. I designed them also as a small type specimen.

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@hrant - I did the lamination for one of my cards before, but I decided to show my originality and glued Plike to Touche, two stocks that are way too different. The poor thing didn't take that lightly and once the cards were cut, they bent. They could be un-bent back to flat by hand, but doing that for 200+ cards was not fun.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/37230902@N04

@Jos - Beautiful card. What's on the back ? :)

By the way consider submitting your card to cardobserver.com, it generates a respectably steady stream of traffic, plus you will be in a very good company there.

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@ hrant: re the truncated lines on your last post, are you pulling a bowerbird on us?

zing!

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What is
a bower-
bird, Cris-
topher?

:o)


-=®=-

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Alex, I had some curling in mine. Fortunately I was expecting it so I tested things out with one sheet first. Luckily the two paper stocks were close enough that leaving the sheets between some heavy books -before cutting them- did the trick.

BTW, I love that dark gray of yours.
And the measurement lines in the logo really worked out.

Christopher: what truncation? You mean my manicured right rag?

hhp

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What’s on the back ?

Nothingness ;)

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Hi Hrant whats the type on your business card?

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Patria, in various weights - one of mine.
And the logo is made from the Armenian "eh" in my Roupen.

hhp

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hats off

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@ Jos Buivenga:
Man that's a lovely business card!
Love it.

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Great! Thanks.

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Gary - thank you.

hhp

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With all due respect pattyfab, your electronic card is quite badly dithered, seems a shame, you would be disappointed with that quality in print, I am sure.

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That's just JPEG artefacts, in what must be merely a "preview".
(BTW, "dithering" is when too-few colors are intermixed to create
the illusion of more colors; this happens typically in GIF images.)

hhp

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I may be wrong on the technical details, but I'm sure you see my point, it's not an attack! How the card is presented here in this forum is not reassuring. Agree?

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I really had no intention of causing offense!

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If you mean that she should have used GIF, I certainly agree. With two hues in there, you only need 32 individual colors (16 shades x 2 hues) to get an optimal rendering.

In fact GIF is typically very nice to type. JPEG is illiterate.

hhp